Robbery suspect shot by store clerk remains in critical condition

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 13, 2015)- A store employee took matters into his own hands when he shot an armed robber in the head.

The robbery suspect is Carlos Brookins, 34.  He remains at Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition.

Indianapolis Metro Police were called out to Hang Time men’s clothing store Monday around 8:45 p.m.  Police were initially responding to a robbery call and then it turned into a shooting.

Police say Brookins was wearing a mask, armed with a gun, and demanded money from a Hang Time employee.  “The store employee complied with the robber’s demands and as he was exiting the business somehow he re-engaged the store employee again,” explains IMPD Public Information Officer Rafael Diaz.

Police believe the employee was trying to call 911 and that’s what caught Brookins’ attention.  “At that point as he was re-approaching that desk area of the employee, another store employee came from behind and fired shots at the suspect,” explains Diaz.

Detectives say Brookins was shot once in the head.  There weren’t any customers inside the store at the time of the shooting.  No one else was injured.

Charges have not been filed against the employee who pulled the trigger.  The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will review all the evidence and will decide if there will be any charges.

“The fact that a person is armed you can protect yourself from reasonable fear of deadly force. So (if) somebody (is) armed with a gun you’ve got rights to protect yourself with like force,” explains Novella Nedeff, a professor at IU Law.

Hang Time employees didn’t want to talk on camera with FOX59 crews but did say they are trying to move on and will now have a security guard inside the store at all times.

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